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July 30, 2013

// Spider Veins

Five Factors Leading To Varicose And Spider Veins

With summer in full swing, it’s not uncommon to see people wearing shorts and skirts. Naturally, right? When it’s hot outside, who likes to feel even more muggy in a pair of long pants? You may be surprised, however, to know that many people prefer pants to shorts, even on the hottest days of summer. And that’s because they wish to cover up the varicose and spider veins in their legs.

For those that have spider veins and wish to remove them, the VariLite laser is a very effective tool. For fine spider veins, in addition to such skin irregularities as skin tags, moles and other pigmented skin spots, the VariLite laser in an ideal solution. For more information, feel free to call The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre. Simply dial 403-358-5818.

You may be wondering, however, how those varicose and spider veins developed to begin with. On WomensHealth.gov, there are a number of factors listed. Although such veins can appear in men, women are the ones who most commonly experience the appearance of veins in their legs. Among the factors that cause them are increasing age and one’s medical history. But there’s more.

Hormonal changes. Like everyone else in the world, women go through changes. The reproductive system, however, is exclusive to females. The stages of puberty, pregnancy and menopause can contribute to the development of varicose veins. In addition, taking birth control pills and any other medicine that contains estrogen and progesterone may also contribute to their appearance.

Pregnancy. Speaking of reproducing, the site notes that during pregnancy, there is a huge increase of blood in the body. As a result, veins tend to enlarge. As the baby grows in the womb, greater pressure is placed on those veins. According to WomansHealth.gov, varicose veins will generally improve three months following delivery of the baby. But with each pregnancy, more veins may appear.

Obesity. It should go without saying that maintaining a healthy weight is incredibly important for everyday living. In addition to numerous other health risks, obesity places extra pressure on your veins. This often leads to the development of varicose veins. Be sure to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime. It may be easier said than done, but the benefits are countless.

Lack of movement. To reiterate, it’s very important to get regular exercise. In other words, get up and on your feet! Take walks. Be active in any way you can. This will help to avoid the onset of varicose veins. A lack of movement, by either standing or sitting for too long, forces your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. This will increase their size and appearance.

Sun exposure. Speaking of things that should go without saying, sunscreen is extremely important all summer long. Not only are you helping to ward off the risks of skin cancer as well as sunburn, but when you limit your sun exposure, you can help to prevent the appearance of spider veins on your cheeks and nose. This is especially evident on those with fair skin.

July 22, 2013

// Unwanted Fat

Six Summer Exercises Perfect For The Park

With summer in full swing, the warm weather is giving us all many more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. In addition, it allows us to show off those fine figures of ours. And speaking of those fine figures, the summer allows us to exercise without taking a single step inside a gym. To get in the exercise you need, you don’t have to worry about gym equipment.

A park bench is actually all you need! At least, that’s what Jessica Smith writes on Shape.com. Sure, park benches were made for sitting. But you’ll have plenty of time to sit and rest after you take few a minutes at least four days per week to use them for some unique exercises. Let’s look at six easy routines that will help you both enjoy the summer and maintain that toned physique of yours.

1. Step Master. Stand with your side to the bench. Then put one foot on the bench, and one foot on the ground. You are basically going to be stepping up on to the bench after starting in a squat position. Even though, this will likely take you less than a minute to complete, it’s a great workout for your entire lower half, says Smith. Be sure to do 15 reps for each leg.

2. Driving Incline Pushup. Put both hands on the bench as if you were going to do a pushup. Lift yourself up into that pushup and hold it while you bring your leg into your chest with your toes pointed. Be sure to give your abs a good crunch as you do this. Return your leg to the ground and begin your next pushup. This is a great workout for both your arms and abs. Do 10 reps per leg.

3. Skip-Ups. This exercise will “blast calories” and tone your thighs, insists Smith. Stand in front of the bench and then step up onto to it. However, you’re not going to simply stand on the bench. Once you’ve stepped up, jump up and land back down on the bench. Step back down to the ground and repeat this action going 20 times on each leg, alternating the legs each time.

4. Dip and Kick. This “triple-duty” toner will work your triceps, abs and thighs, promises Smith. Sit with both hands on the bench, your knees bent and your feel flat on the ground, and move yourself forward so that you’re not actually seated, but instead you are in front of the bench. Bend your elbows to lower yourself below the bench while you bend your knee into your chest. Push yourself back up and straighten your leg. Try 10 reps per leg.

5. Elevated Lunge & Twist. You’ll need good balance to pull this one off! Stand with your back to the bench but place one foot behind you and rest it on the bench. Standing on one leg, lower yourself into a lunge position and bring your opposite elbow down and across to your knee. Return to the start and give this a shot 15 times per leg. If it’s too much, says Smith, just try the lunge without crossing your elbow to your knee.

6. Power Burpee. This is a combination jump-up and push up routine. Place your hands on the bench as if you’re doing a push up. Lower yourself into a push up then jump back into a squat position. Jump up on the bench landing in a squat. Jump back down to the starting position and repeat. Smith suggests that you do as many in a row that you can. You’re sure to work up a sweat and burn the calories you need to keep fit and toned all summer long!

July 15, 2013

// Skin Care

Making Sunscreen A Big Part Of Your Summer

Here we are – smack dab in the middle of July! It’s a glorious time of year, isn’t it? The sun is out, the weather is warm and people are finally getting opportunities to truly enjoy the great outdoors. Too often, however, people tend to forget that protection is necessary. It’s fun to be in the sun. But prolonged exposure to sun without sunscreen is bad news!

On the Australian-based BodyAndSoul.com, it is revealed that a Neutrogena study found that upwards of 75 per cent of us don’t apply sunscreen to our faces daily. It can be argued then, that we still pretty much take our skin for granted. Protection is necessary, first and foremost, to ward off the risk of skin cancer, reminds the site. In addition, using sunscreen helps to slow down the signs of aging.

Up to 90 per cent of aging signs such as wrinkles are caused by external factors such as sun exposure, according to BodyAndSoul.com. So why are so many of us still taking our skin for granted? No one wants to look old or be sick, right? So what can we do to avoid causing such damage to our skin? After all, tanning is a part of what makes summer so much fun…or is it?

WorldMedAssist.com insists that “it’s never a good idea to lie out in the sun or lay in a tanning bed. Both sun tanning and tanning beds can cause early wrinkles and skin cancer due to the UV light that each gives off.” Now, it’s hard to convince summer-lovers to stop sun bathing. But it should go without saying that a strong sunscreen should be used at all times.

In addition, it’s important not to stay out in the sun for too long, even when sunscreen is being worn. The website reminds us that every time a person gets sunburned, it increases the chances of developing skin cancer. According to WorldMedAssist.com, sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 15. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and represents the intensity of protection from the sun’s ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UBB) rays.

Your exposed skin areas should be covered in an ounce of sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before exposing them to sun. After swimming or excessive sweating, sunscreen should be reapplied. The website also reminds us that sunscreen should still be applied on cold and cloudy days. Just because it isn’t hot, it doesn’t mean that the sun’s UV rays are absent.

In addition to sunscreen, we should be wearing protective attire, says WorldMedAssist.com. This keeps the sun from penetrating the skin. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats are all recommended. On particularly hot days, these clothing items will be a lot less popular. And that’s understandable. When this is the case, it’s important to seek shade.

“The sun’s rays are strongest in the mid-morning to early evening – typically 10 AM to 4 PM,” informs the website, “When possible, it’s best to stay in the shade during these peak sun hours.” Finally, be sure to look up the daily UV Index as a guide to help you plan your outdoor activities safely. It’s the summer time. It is inevitable that you will be outside. But staying protected will help your summer to truly be a blast!

July 8, 2013

// Unwanted Moles

Mole Removal Made Easy

Last month, we blogged about the fact that the VariLite laser is very effective in the treatment of telangiectasia. That long and hard-to-pronounce word basically refers to the appearance of small blood vessels in the facial area. Seeing such vessels on the face generally isn’t any cause for alarm. But naturally, people who experience signs of telangiectasia would much prefer to remove them.

Understandably, the same can be said for moles. Moles are dark spots that are often considered irregularities on the skin, according to EMedicineHealth.com. And while some are happy to pass them off as “beauty marks” (see Cindy Crawford), others would much prefer to remove them. Thankfully, those with moles can thank the VariLite laser for being just as helpful in this department.

The laser is also well known for being a safe method of removing skin tags and fine spider veins. Patients have enjoyed being able to correct their skin irregularities without having to experience any bruising or go through long periods of down time. Moles, therefore, can be easily removed without taking away from the patient’s normal every day activities.

For the most part, moles don’t present any cause for alarm. As mentioned earlier, they are often seen as cosmetic concerns. Some moles, of course, are bigger than others. So there are varying degrees of tolerance when it comes to what to do about them. But what causes moles, exactly? On EMedicineHealth.com, a few reasons for the development of moles are listed.

Birth. Perhaps, it’s just that simple. As with many other elements of our features, moles are sometimes just part of the way we are made. And although the website notes that some people are born with moles, some moles do develop over the course of time. If you are concerned about new developments, be sure to consult your doctor to make sure there are no health complications as a result.

Sun Exposure. Sometimes, the reason we develop moles is the same reason we develop sun burns. As you should know, it’s never a good idea to spend prolonged periods of time in the sun – especially without wearing sunscreen. According to EMedicineHealth.com, “Sun exposure seems to play a role in the development of moles and may even play a role in the development of atypical, or dysplastic, moles.”

Heredity. Perhaps, mole development is simply in your genes. The website insists that “the role of heredity cannot be underemphasized. Many families have a type of mole known as dysplastic (atypical), which can be associated with a higher frequency of melanoma or skin cancer.” This is why it’s always important to consult a doctor about new developments.

As always, you are welcome to consult the professionals at The Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre. Simply dial 403-358-5818 to speak to one today. You can also receive information about the VariLite laser and its incredible track record when it comes to the removal of moles. If you’re looking to remove a mole, skin tag, spider vein or blood vessel, help is just a phone call away.

July 2, 2013

// Hair Removal

Four Fabulous Facts About Laser Hair Removal

Ah, the summer is here! It’s the season that so many of us love. And then again, it’s the season that so many of us love to hate. That’s because with the heat comes a freedom from wearing hot and muggy clothing. And then again, some feel the heat takes away our freedom to keep those hot and muggy clothing on. But why would someone want to cover themselves up during the warm summer months?

Hair, that’s what. To be more specific, it’s the painstaking processes of removing unwanted hair that cause so many people to dread the impending hot days. Shaving, waxing and tweezing may provide us with temporary experiences with smooth skin. But they also bring on the not-so temporary bouts with razor bumps, ingrown hairs, rashes, cuts and nicks. Not to mention, it’s quite expensive to keep up a hairless look.

That is, of course, unless you decide to go with a laser hair removal procedure. This is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional yet painful hair removal processes that we all know too well. The LightSheer™ Hair Laser, for example, uses a patented chill tip that both protects the skin to make the treatment painless and offers patients freedom from their unwanted hair.

It is natural for some, however, to assume that receiving a laser treatment may cause some pain or discomfort. But as Slideshare.net, well…shares…there are actually many reasons to consider laser hair removal. The site notes that the treatments are only growing in popularity, especially among the young people of the world. And who can blame them? Here are four fabulous facts about laser hair removal:

It’s Permanent. After the appropriate number of laser hair removal treatments, patients need not worry about shaving cream and razors again. The damage done to the hair follicles will ensure that no new hair is produced. Inhibiting hair from growing in the future will, of course, result in no more razor bumps, ingrown hairs, nicks, cuts or scratches.

It’s Cost Effective. Consider the amount of money you’ll be saving by not having to buy razors, electric shavers, shaving cream and other after shave skin moisturizers. Not to mention, you won’t have to worry about picking up any more wax strips or tweezers either. You may also be surprised to know how affordable laser hair removal treatments actually are.

It’s Safe. For those of you who may be worried about safety – and who isn’t? – laser hair removal has an incredible safety record. Slideshare.net notes that the treatments have produced no long term side effects that cause any health concerns. Of course, this isn’t any type of invasive surgery that we’re talking about. Most appointments only last minutes and patients are able to normally carry on with their days after.

It’s Easy To Find A Service In Your Area. The website also notes that with laser hair removal only growing in popularity, it is becoming easier to find a clinic that provides the service. If you are in the Red Deer area, contact Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 with any questions you may have about our LightSheer™ Hair Laser. A smooth summer awaits you!